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ISIL used CWs against Peshmerga fighters thrice: Kurdish general

A member of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces walks at the Khubbaz oil field, some 25 kilometers west of the northern city of Kirkuk in Iraq, as smoke billows in the background on February 2, 2015 (AFP photo).

A Kurdish general says he has evidence that the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group has subjected Kurdish forces, known as Peshmerga, to chemical attacks three times.

Speaking on Monday, Chief Commander of the Zerevani Peshmerga Major General Aziz Waisi said the attacks had taken place in northern Iraq, with the group using chlorine as a chemical weapon against the forces.

The head of the Kurdistan Regional Government's police force enumerated a December attack in the Sinjar area and two others in January west of Mosul.

One of the January attacks took place on the 23rd day of the month.

The government of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region also said on Saturday that it was in possession of evidence that showed the terror group had used chlorine gas against Peshmerga forces during the attack.

The Security Council of Kurdistan Regional Government said in a statement that samples of clothing and soil from the site of the attack had been examined by an independent laboratory in an unnamed country that is a member of the US-led coalition purportedly fighting ISIL. The examination discovered chlorine traces in the samples, it said.

The statement further noted that the purported truck bomb attack occurred on a road between Iraq’s militant-held city of Mosul and the Syrian border, as Peshmerga forces fought to capture a key supply line used by the extremist militants.

The council said Kurdish forces later found “around 20 gas canisters” that the truck involved in the assault had been carrying.

In October 2014, Iraqi officials said ISIL terrorists might have used chlorine-filled cylinders during fighting in late September that year in the towns of Balad and Duluiya.

The ISIL terrorists currently control parts of Iraq and the neighboring Syria, where they have committed heinous crimes.


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